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Gov. Katie Hobbs has unveiled her proposed state budget, and GOP lawmakers are calling it an “unserious mess.” Our Friday NewsCap panelists analyze that and the rest of the week’s top stories. Plus, a former NFL player finds his home in the kitchen of one of Phoenix’s best new restaurants. That and more on The Show.

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Former state schools superintendent Jaime Molera of Molera Alvarez and Dawn Penich-Thacker of Agave Strategy joined The Show to discuss the debate over the future of the Arizona Commerce Authority, dueling proposals to extend Proposition 123 and more.
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The Arizona Commerce Authority has become a topic of debate, with the AG calling some events unconstitutional. We'll hear about the latest on the agency’s future. Plus, the outgoing conductor of the Phoenix Symphony on his time leading the orchestra. That and more on The Show.

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Keeping the Arizona Commerce Authority going is a priority for Gov. Katie Hobbs, but a Republican-controlled panel voted against continuing the agency.
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Texas passed a law that’s reminiscent of Arizona’s own controversial immigration measure SB 1070. We’ll hear how it’s not creating the same outrage today in that state as is it in ours more than a decade ago. Plus, what the epic battle with Kari Lake was like for drag queen Barbra Seville. That and more on The Show. 

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Republican lawmakers immediately shut down Gov. Katie Hobbs’ proposal to cut expenditures on the state’s school voucher program to address a massive statewide budget shortfall. But they didn’t rule out other cuts proposed by the governor as the state faces a projected $1.7 billion deficit.
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Arizona is set to be at the center of this year’s elections. We’ll hear from one expert who says we have the chance to make them about substance rather than spectacle. Plus, our Saguaro Land series continues with a musical instrument maker who harvests the Sonoran Desert for his materials. That and more on The Show.

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The Show spoke with New York Times opinion writer Jessica Grose about a recent piece she wrote looking at the impacts of online gradebooks on students.
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Gov. Katie Hobbs has released her budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year. We discuss what she’s proposing for closing shortfalls this year and next. And, a new study looks at the stories we tell in a marriage — and why. That and more on The Show.

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Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs’ budget proposal includes around $1 billion in spending cuts, but that won’t be enough to resolve a massive deficit that legislative budget analysts estimate has grown to roughly $1.7 billion.
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